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    Researchers Estimate 450,000 Undocumented Immigrants are Enrolled in Higher Education

    Researchers Estimate 450,000 Undocumented Immigrants are Enrolled in Higher Education

    “The findings in this report show that far more undocumented students enroll in higher education than was previously thought”

    And Democrats want college to be free of charge. Amazing.

    Inside Higher Ed reports:

    Report Finds Growth in Undocumented Student Population

    Undocumented immigrant students make up about 2 percent of all students enrolled in U.S. higher education, according to a new report released Thursday. All told, researchers estimate 454,000 undocumented immigrant students are enrolled in higher education.

    “Before now, there has never been a full analysis of how many undocumented students are pursuing higher education in the U.S.,” states the report, which was released by New American Economy (NEA), a research and advocacy organization focused on the impact of immigration on the economy, and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, an association of college leaders that advocates for welcoming policies for immigrant and international students.

    “The findings in this report show that far more undocumented students enroll in higher education than was previously thought,” the authors write.

    The report looks at both traditional college-age and adult immigrant learners. The analysis found that a little fewer than half — 216,000 — of all undocumented immigrant students are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work authorization and protection against deportation for certain young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. President Trump has attempted to terminate the DACA program, established by former president Obama in 2012, and the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the continuation of the program this spring.

    Christian Penichet-Paul, of the Presidents’ Alliance, said the data underscore the need to keep DACA in place as well as the importance of policies that expand access to higher education for undocumented students. These include state-level policies extending in-state tuition rates and access to state financial aid or scholarships to undocumented students.


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    caseoftheblues | April 18, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I have no doubt the vast majority are already getting college for free while the rest of us work extra jobs and put off retiring…forever

      irv in reply to caseoftheblues. | April 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Hey! Don’t be so pessimistic. I estimate I’ll have my student loans paid off when I’m only 82. Then I’ll retire and have maybe as much as several months to enjoy it.

        kyrrat in reply to irv. | April 19, 2020 at 5:13 am

        Granted it took me 10 years for my 4 year degree, but I came out debt free. I took off when I ran out of money. Worked to save money and then went back when I had it. Mind you I worked while in university too, just less. Doing that also meant I worked a variety of jobs that were non career track, but I learned some pretty valuable skills there too. The last year the company I worked for paid 80 percent of my tuition while I went to school at night while working during the day. Promoted into the job I trained for after I finished that year, by that same company. All that requires a practical degree you understand, not a degree in social justice.

      Those colleges may be receiving subsidies from state and federal government programs for having the students enrolled.

      It would be useful to know what percent of those students actually matriculate. Hope it is better than the illiterate dummies coming out of public schools.

    Vince Vonheeder | April 18, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    All together: Illegal Aliens!

    On the uptick, maybe some of the immigrant knowledge will transform the pitiful professorial types with some actual learning about how tough life can be when you actually have to work for a living.

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